Once-deported illegal immigrant admits to killing father of three, protected by New York ‘sanctuary state’


WEEDSPORT, NY – An illegal alien has plead guilty to a drunken driving crash that left a father and grandfather dead. 

Heriberto Perez-Velasquez is an illegal alien from Guatemala that somehow got into the United States after he had been previously deported. 

Velasquez admitted to driving drunk the night of November 10, 2019, and crashing into Mark Knapp, who was driving a tractor, and killing him.

Beyond the sadness of an unnecessary death due to drinking, it is exacerbated by the fact that Velasquez was not even in the United States legally. 

Not to mention he was deported back to Guatemala after being caught sneaking into the country in May of 2007. 

Had he been kept out of the country, as the law requires, there would be no way that he could have been intoxicated and killed Knapp that fateful day.

The incident in question occurred in 2019 and started when Knapp decided to take his tractor to get it washed. 

According to the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, while Knapp was driving the tractor he was struck and ejected by the vehicle Velasquez was driving.  Knapp, who was a retired electrician, died from his injuries.  Knapp was survived by his wife, three daughters, and a grandson.

After the crash, Velasquez fled the scene but was later stopped by a bystander and then police.  Police determined that he was driving while impaired and also was not allowed to be driving the vehicle he was in and did not possess a valid license since he was an illegal alien. 

In September, Velasquez at least did the honorable thing and admitted to his guilt by pleading guilty of aggravated drunk driving, aggravated vehicular assault, reckless driving, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

The judge could sentence him anywhere between seven and twenty-four years in prison.

Besides the fact that Velasquez should never have been in the country to begin with, he also should not have been free.  In October, the New York State Police made contact with Velasquez who was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. 

During the encounter, the police determined that Velasquez appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

The Trooper attempted to take Velasquez into custody for driving under the influence but he fled on foot.  The police were able to take Velasquez into custody shortly after the foot pursuit started.

Velasquez was arrested and conducted a breath test which showed that the blood alcohol levels in his system was a .22.  To give context, in the state of Florida, anything at a .08 and above is considered evidence that a person is intoxicated.

Velasquez was charged by the trooper at the time with aggravated DWI (driving while impaired), resisting arrest, and other traffic infractions.  The State Police allege that they contacted US Customs and Border Patrol of the arrest, however, the federal officers were able to question Velasquez and requested he stay in custody until they could do so.

However, Velasquez was taken to the Wayne County Centralized Arraignment Processing Court and was determined not to be eligible for a pre-arraignment detention.  The reason for this ineligibility was not explained and is still unknown.

The Wayne County District Attorney claimed that he recommended that Velasquez be confined until he was arraigned and issued a bond.  However, with upcoming changes to the New York bail reform law, he was released on his own with a pinky promise to appear in court at a later date.

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DHS announces arrests of 125 criminal illegal immigrants released in sanctuary state California

October 10, 2020 LOS ANGELES, CA- A news release issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the conclusion of a week-long enforcement operation in which 125 at-large criminal aliens across California were apprehended.

The targeted enforcement action targeted California, which has been the epicenter for sanctuary policies that have virtually eliminated cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the state and ICE.

The operation took place between Sept. 28 through Oct. 2 and targeted criminal aliens subject to removal who were arrested for criminal activity and subsequently released by either state or local law enforcement agencies.

The release noted that all had active immigration detainers in place, and noted that virtually all those arrested, 95%, had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.


“Unfortunately, certain local politicians, including many in California continue to put politics over public safety. Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called sanctuary city policies to the detriment of our country’s safety,” said Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

“Operation Rise is proof-positive that we will never back down from enforcing the rule of law with or without the cooperation of local politicians.”

Tony H. Pham, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the ICE Director said:

“A part of ICE’s mission is to protect the American people and provide security to our communities. We accomplish this when we are partners and not adversaries with our localities. These partnerships allow ICE to secure dangerous criminal aliens prior to their release into the communities thereby reducing the opportunity for recidivist behavior.”

He continued:

“Unfortunately, California’s sanctuary laws protect and shield criminal aliens, harboring them in our communities where they can potentially reoffend and revictimize.”

The release continued that during the recent enforcement actions, ICE officials had “identified, targeted and arrested many criminal aliens who were previously released from local and state law enforcement custody despite having lawful immigration detainers lodged with local law enforcement officials.

In the Los Angeles area alone, the release said that nearly 100 individuals who were unlawfully present in the country were arrested—with criminal histories including homicide, sexual assault, sex crimes involving children, assault, robbery, domestic violence, and DUI.

Remember, these are the people Democrats, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris want to not only keep in the country, but allow more of.

Among arrests made during the operation included:

  • A 40-year-old citizen and El Salvadoran national who was arrested on Sept. 29 in Los Angeles, and convicted of first-degree murder in Los Angeles Superior Court in November, 2009. Despite ICE having an active detainer lodged with the Los Angeles County Jail, the jail declined to honor the detainer and released him into the community; he is now in ICE custody pending deportation hearings.
  • A 50-year-old Mexican national and citizen was arrested on Sept. 28, in Long Beach, California, then was convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder in June 1994. Once again, despite an immigration detainer lodged with the LA County Jail, they declined to honor the detainer and released him into the community; he had a final order of removal and was shipped back to Mexico the same day.

DHS and ICE noted that approximately 86% of administrative arrests by ERO in FY2019 were of criminal aliens with criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.

The press release noted that in FY2019, ICE arrested illegals with more than 1,900 convictions and charges for homicide, 1,800 for kidnapping, 12,000 sex offenders, 5,000 for sexual assaults, 45,000 for assaults, 67,000 for drug crimes, 10,000 for weapons offenses and 74,000 DUI’s.

They noted they continue to target criminal aliens and other threats to both public safety as well as national security daily.

ICE doesn’t exempt specific classes or categories of removable aliens from enforcement actions, they said. They noted that all of those in violation of America’s immigration laws are subject to arrest, detention, and, if found removable by final order, removal from the country.

The agency also said that despite the opinions of some on the left, they take numerous factors into account when targeting and arresting individuals, which includes criminal history and immigration history.

ICE slammed sanctuary policies, noting that such policies restrict cooperation between local and state criminal justice authorities and federal immigration authorities, while also impeding the agency’s ability to work with partner agencies. This requires ICE to make apprehensions out in the community rather inside secure jail environs.

The release says:

“ICE maintains that cooperation with local law enforcement is essential to protecting public safety, and the agency aims to work cooperatively with local jurisdictions to ensure that criminal aliens are not released into U.S. communities to commit additional crimes.”

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